The editors: Anton Powell and Stephen Hodkinson have jointly
edited The Shadow of Sparta (CPW and Routledge, 1994), and Sparta:
New Perspectives (CPW and Duckworth, 1999). They also collaborated
on Powell (ed.) Sparta: Techniques behind her Success (1989).
Individually each has produced a series of influential studies of
Sparta. Hodkinson is the author of Property and Wealth in Classical
Sparta (CPW and Duckworth, 2000) and Powell has written Athens and
Sparta (2nd edn, 2001).
The study of the Spartans is now pursued more widely and intensively
than ever. Indeed, no longer is Sparta the 'second city' of ancient
Greece. This volume, the fourth in the established series on which
Powell and Hodkinson have collaborated, breaks fresh ground, not
least in the range of its contributors. The authors of the fourteen
new papers represent nine different countries and demonstrate many
of the fertile modern approaches to the history, the archaeology
- and the still-influential image - of the city on the Eurotas.